Brewed by Backus y Johnston (SABMiller)
Style: Pale Lager
Lima, Peru


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RATINGS: 321   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewed since 1921, Cristal is Peru’s No. 1 selling beer, combining a light-bodied liquid with strong Andean imagery. It has been the No. 1 selling U.S. import from South America over the last eight years, primarily appealing to the approximately one million Peruvian consumers in the U.S.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Bottled. Poured a clear brighter golden with a couple streams of rising carbonation and sticky lacing. The aroma was heavy on the skunk factor with underlying sweet pale malts and cardboard. The flavor was slightly better.. more pale malts and a hint of citrus... but the skunk doesn’t go away. Well-carbonated and light-bodied... corn syrup stickiness at the finish. Not anywhere near good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Funknmilla (733) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Light golden color, very fluffy foam...sour yeasty aroma...very light..is this beer flavored water??...refreshing aye??....this beer can be chugged with no un-pleasant aftertaste...chug it to get it out of your face!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
riversideAK (6034) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Beer pours light golden. Very bubbly with a quickly disappearing head. Crisp and refreshing. Reminds me of Pacifico. I would drink this with spicy latin dishes, fish tacos, etc.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2007
This beer was a slight step above some of the latin American Imports or cheaper US Macro brews, but not much. Poured to a pale golden yellow, with snow white head that dissipated quickly to little lacing. Aroma was slightly hoppy, as was the flavor, but not much else there. I actually enjoyed the mouthfeel, which was tingly and the finish was fairly long and somewhat pleasant. Okay from an area not known for beer, but doubt that I’ll have many more.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle: Pale yellow color, plain head. I noted a hint of hops in the aroma, which is ok, and sweat, which is kinda disgusting. Ok, very disgusting. In the mouth, this beer started with some mild malts, before hitting me with some bad sour notes, and finishing weakly, oily, and gross. This may be the worst beer I have ever had. Congrats!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
frankenkitty (1991) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Mid-golden under white and scummy. Skunk fades to grass and grain with sweet undertones and a herbal bitterness late. Mostly inoffensive flavor, swinging to-and-fro between sweets and bitters. Not bad, but never, ever substitute this for "Cristal" Champagne. Word.

<font size=-4>Another Peruvian brew from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/palati Worldwide Liquor, Palatine, IL 60067</font>

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mirage52 (147) - New Market, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Poured from the bottle a slightly cloudy yellow color. Looks like a lite beer. Taste is somewhat sweet, then an equalizing bitter finish. Nothing dominates this beer, other than it’s slightly soapy aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 14, 2007
just another lager... straw body, white soapy head, a bit sweet, a bit of fuzz in the aural spectrum.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2007
crisp yellow looking. almost like pee. aroma of some malts a little hops. very thin bodied

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle bought in Peru. Yellow colour with a small head. Aroma of grains and some hops. Flavour is quite clean with some graininess, little sweetness and maltiness. Quite boring brew.

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